LIVINGSTON, NJ — In addition to providing updates on the local response to the COVID-19 outbreak during a special meeting of the Livingston Township Council on Monday, the governing body also addressed other pending issues such as the adoption of the 2020 municipal budget.
Township Manager Barry Lewis commented that although Livingston was on track to adopt its budget prior to the state's initial deadline, the township intends to take advantage of an extension being allotted by the State of New Jersey in order to assess and attempt to minimize any unforeseen impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic might have on Livingston residents and businesses.
“We remain on schedule for the original deadline, but we may take additional time to review and evaluate the impacts of this crisis as well as some things that we’re considering on what we can do to mitigate the impacts not only on the taxpayers, but also on the businesses,” said Lewis, noting that the budget deadline has been extended to April 30, 2020.
He added that the goal, as always, is to adopt a budget with the lowest-possible tax increase to homeowners while also maintaining the services that residents have come to expect form the township.
Lewis also said that it was premature to discuss the topic in detail, but that the township is looking into viable options for assisting local businesses during this time.
With regard to the impact that COVID-19 has had on township services, Lewis reiterated that although Livingston Town Hall remains closed to the public, the township is committed to maintaining all regular services despite needing to encourage community members to utilize its online offerings. He reminded residents that most payments can be made online, via mail or over the phone and that all water, sewer, garbage and recycling services are being provided as usual.
Additionally, Lewis assured that both the fire and police departments as well as the first aid squad have made schedule modifications in order to ensure the safety of all first responders while also ensuring their availability in the event of an emergency.
Most township employees are currently working from home whenever possible, and all precautions, such as regular sanitization of township buildings, are being taken to ensure the health and safety of those unable to work from home, according to Lewis
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